Marcy’s tumultuous childhood, riddled with drug use and instability, left her unprepared to support herself as an adult. She relied heavily on abusive partners when her first child was born with Down’s Syndrome and it was difficult to find adequate living and income. Her experience with homelessness began when she was left alone with three kids. She slipped into a debilitating depression and became unable to take care of herself or her children. Her kids were briefly removed from her home, but the event ended up being the wake-up call she needed.
Marcy and her kids thrived at Saranam (an agency receiving funding through the United Way of Central New Mexico Community Impact Fund), gaining the life skills and community support they needed. Inspired by her son, Marcy began her studies to become a special education teacher at UNM and is now working in a part time teaching position.
“For the first time, my kids are proud of me. They see I can do it so they can do it.”
After just one year their family moved into their own apartment and even got their own car! A teacher at heart, Marcy cannot wait to help other families, “I want to volunteer (at Saranam) and help other families going through what I did.” She continues to see her hard work rub off on her kids every day. “For the first time, my kids are proud of me. They see I can do it so they can do it.”